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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonFebruary 26, 20186min299

Tax policy is a conversation that makes taxpayers' eyes glaze over, especially when the politicians responsible for protecting them against runaway confiscation demonstrate a weak comprehension of economic realities. Academic tax debates examine concepts like efficiency, suppression, avoidance and tax fairness. When “sin” taxes grow too onerous, for example, black markets emerge for cigarettes, alcohol and soon, it seems likely in Colorado, marijuana. From a macroeconomic perspective taxes should shear profits from the healthiest sectors of the economy, recognizing this will prove a changing mosaic over time.


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Floyd CiruliFloyd CiruliJanuary 17, 20185min375

Just as President Trump was hoping to leave for his holiday in Palm Beach, cable commentators were questioning why he hadn’t yet signed the tax bill. Trump, ever sensitive to his TV image, staged a quick signing ceremony on December 20 before wheels up. When asked if he will spend time promoting the plan, Trump said: “I don’t think I’m going to have to travel too much to sell it. I think it’s selling itself.”


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Kara MasonKara MasonJanuary 4, 20182min227

The last days of 2017 were hectic for one Arapahoe County agency, as President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

By the end of last week, the Arapahoe County Treasurer’s Office had collected around $20 million more in early property tax payments than it had the year prior. With Trump’s signing of the GOP tax plan, a number of residents were about to lose some of their federal deduction for local taxes paid in the new year, so they rushed in to prepay them before Jan. 1.

Under the revamped tax code, state and local tax deductions are now capped on federal tax returns at $10,000.

Lines to pay property taxes stretched out the door, a news release from the Arapahoe Treasurer’s Office said. Treasurer Sue Sandstrom said it was an “extraordinary effort,” as the bulk of those payments poured in over just four days, from Dec. 26 through Dec. 29.

“The Treasurer’s Office was pleased to provide the additional services to the many taxpayers who chose to prepay their property taxes,” Treasurer Sue Sandstrom said in a statement. “With extraordinary effort and team work by the treasurer’s staff, all taxpayers who came into the office, called in on the phone, or contacted us by email, had received the services they requested. This is a perfect example of how Arapahoe County takes seriously our pledge of First in Service.”

Other places across the state and country experienced a similar turnout last week. By last Wednesday, the Denver Post reported, 900 taxpayers had dropped by the county courthouse to pay property taxes. Washington, D.C., collected more than $50 million in property taxes from 7,500 taxpayers, according to The Hill newspaper.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 21, 20175min373

For those of us of a certain age, the term “snake-oil-salesman” is common to describe someone who will try to sell us something that will cure all our ills, heal our wounds and generally make our lives better with one simple product. For Coloradans that product is marijuana. At least, that’s the story the legalization crowd has been selling for many years now. What they generally don’t address is the cost to society of this miracle drug.